written by student, Erin Wildermuth, Brought to you by the crew of Galilee
Happy Fourth of July! The morning began with sunshine, breakfast and pre-departure checks as the Bravo and Chavo fleet made our way from Hodges Creek Marina to Trellis Bay. De-docking went beautifully with each boat making precise exits. On Galilee, Max led the movement with confidence and ease.
Upon our arrival at Trellis Bay, the real fun began! Max, Freddy and Alec completed a trash snorkel. Then, they joined Bruno for a cannonball competition. Don went scuba diving and reported seeing a lionfish and sea whip. When he participated in the lionfish dissection later in the day he was pretty excited to get up close and personal with the predator. Ryan was also super excited to participate in the dissection too. Drew, Sophie, Gardner, and Matt visited Visar – the BVI’s award winning emergency response team – as the Emergency First Response prerequisite component of their Rescue Diver course. Later, everyone participated in the cake baking competition. Galilee’s cake was cut up in the shape of the United States and included candy markers for each crew member’s home location. Bruno, from Spain, was a roving smarty.
The evening ended, as every Fourth of July should, with a Fireball party! The kids ate ice cream, drank soda, and danced on the sandy shore as two large balls of fire lit the water and illuminated our festivities.
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The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.